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on 6 March 2002
The writer covers the topic with great detail and insight. Using personal accounts from the many people she has interviewed she makes the subject come alive. The premise that many traditional remedies were never written down as they were taken for granted as common knowledge is explored, along with variations in the remedies and uses of herbs depending on factors such as social class and region of the country. Many amusing and entertaining ancedotes. Well illustrated.
A fascinating read on a fascinating topic.
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on 23 August 2010
This is an excellent introduction to the general reader on the history of plant medicine in the UK using oral and written sources from the last three centuries and more. For readers with a thirst for detail there are copious references, an extensive bibliography, an index of plants, as well as a general index. The last chapter briefly discusses how modern plant science is reinvestigating the potential of British plants to provide alternatives, and perhaps additions, to modern pharmaceuticals.
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VINE VOICEon 16 July 2009
Hatfield (who has recently published new work on herbal folklore) has written here an interesting account of the use of herbal medicine throughout history, providing an entertaining read and a window into the lives of our ancestors, including the superstitions and folk beliefs they held and how these tied into health. Its particularly interesting to see how we still use some of the herbs mentioned in here for the same uses! Worth adding to the bookshelf of any lover of medicine, herbal or not, just for the sheer fascination of it.
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on 9 February 2013
A useful gathering of information albeit not the most inspiring presentation with all the pictures clumped together in the middle.
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on 9 November 2014
Another great Crowley work
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on 23 October 2010
I bought this because I am interested in the history angle, and I liked her herbal book. However, it is very repetitive (how many times do I have to read about onion in an ear for ache or cobwebs on wounds?...)to the point where I feel it is a couple of magazine articles padded out to be a slim book. It actually informs you of very little except some anecdotes that don't really go anywhere, and that a lot of herbal lore has been lost in this country because no-one has written it down. My response would be - well write it down then! I suppose she did in the herbal. Hardly worth skimming.
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